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Olympians and Paralympians pledge to build with Habitat for Humanity as part of ‘Team for Tomorrow’

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 17, 2008)—The United States Olympic Committee has selected Habitat for Humanity as the featured cause for the organization’s ‘Team for Tomorrow’ program. Following the Olympics, Olympic and Paralympic athletes will have the opportunity to donate service hours to Habitat affiliates throughout the United States.

The Athletes, who volunteer to be a part of the Team for Tomorrow, will work alongside other Habitat volunteers in their hometowns. The effort is part of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Team for Tomorrow Humanitarian Relief Fund, a program through which U.S. athletes will offer assistance to people in need.

“Habitat for Humanity is grateful to the U.S. Olympic Committee for selecting Habitat for Humanity as a participant in its Team for Tomorrow program,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We are hopeful that these Olympians and Paralympians, who inspire the nation with exceptional performances in their sports, will also inspire their communities to get involved with the fight against poverty housing.”

Team for Tomorrow is an ongoing relief effort that consists of financial donations, volunteerism, disaster services, advocacy and other contributions to communities. Olympians and Paralympians have partnered with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to form the Team for Tomorrow. The humanitarian relief fund provides a vehicle through which U.S. athletes will offer their assistance and support to those in need in the United States and around the world.

“Through Team for Tomorrow, the entire U.S. Olympic Movement is coming together to make a difference in the world,” said BMX cyclist Donny Robinson. “I’m proud to be a part of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team and to represent my country, and now, I’m just as proud to be a part of Team for Tomorrow. This humanitarian fund shows just another way the Olympic Movement is making the world a better place.”

In addition to working with Habitat, Team for Tomorrow also donated more than 1,000 tents to survivors of the May 12 earthquake in China’s Sichuan Province.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.